Professor Seamus Perry
MA DPhil Oxf
Professor of English Literature, Massey Fellow, Tutor in English, Fellow Librarian and Fellow for Charity Matters
- Core subject area: English Language and Literature; Joint Schools with Modern History and Modern Languages.
- Teaching: English literature and thought from 1660 to the present, including the main period papers, 1660–1740; 1740–1832; 1832–1900; and 1900–present, as well as Special Author and Special Topic papers falling within that time. Graduate students working on Romantic, Victorian, and 20th-century topics.
- Research interests: English Romantic poetry and thought, especially Coleridge and Wordsworth, and post-Romantic English poetry, especially Tennyson, Eliot, Auden, Larkin, and their circles. I also have an interest in the modern history of literary criticism. I am editor, with Christopher Ricks, of the journal Essays in Criticism: A Quarterly Journal of Literary Criticism; general editor of the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series; and general editor of a forthcoming edition of the critical works of William Empson. My research is principally focused on tracing some continuities in 19th- and early 20th-century poetry and poetics, considered mainly within the context of social thought and political philosophy.